"One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up to get it."--Sidney Howard
This quote grabbed me by the shoulders and shook me hard. I have a list of things I want. When I started to list them, I realized that I had an accompanying list of what I must give up. The trouble is, I don't want to give those things up.
A couple of cases in point:
I say I want a more giving heart. What must I give up? How about the grudges I carry against others?
I say I want a slimmer, firmer body. What must I give up? How about cheesecake, pie, and cookies?
I say I want to be a better writer. What must I give up? How about the time I spend in watching television and reading. (Actually I can't give up reading, but surely I can give up a few hours of television.)
Joy for today: knowing what I must give up.